Consumer Co-operatives Worldwide (CCW)


I - Name

The name shall be Consumer Co-operatives Worldwide hereinafter referred to as CCW


II – Role of CCW

  1. CCW is a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance, providing a forum for consumer co-operatives worldwide on issues related to their policies and activities as defined by the Members
  2. CCW should be representative of co-operative bodies interested in consumer, retail and related questions.
  3. CCW should submit reports of its activities to the international Co-operative Alliance; and the President and Director-General of the Alliance, or a person appointed by one of them, shall be invited to attend Members' Meeting of CCW.


III – Membership Classes

1. Full members of CCW are:

  1. The full members of ICA who have chosen to participate in CCW;
  2. The members of full members of ICA that have been confirmed by the latter as eligible to participate and have chosen to participate in CCW;
  3. The associate members of ICA of the category defined in article 7, b, i of ICA Statutes who have chosen to participate in CCW; and
  4. The members of associate members of ICA of the category foreseen in article 7, b, i of ICA Statutes, that have been mandated to represent the latter in CCW;

2. Associate members of CCW are the associate members of ICA of the categories defined in article 7, b, ii and iii of ICA Rules, that have chosen to participate in CCW.



IV – Admission of Members

  1. Eligible organisations interested in participating in CCW shall communicate this intention by writing to the Executive, the ICA central office or the corresponding Regional office of ICA, indicating the category of membership as defined in article III.
  2. The decision of admission is made by the Executive and communicated to the ICA member, the ICA central office and the corresponding regional office of ICA by writing.
  3. New members will become members of CCW with the rights and duties of membership from the date of the communication referred in paragraph 2 above.


V - Termination and Withdrawal of Membership

  1. Membership of CCW ceases in the following cases:
    1. The member ceases to be a member of ICA or losses any other condition of eligibility as set out in article III;
    2. The member decides to withdraw its membership under the terms and conditions of paragraph 2 below; or
    3. The member is expelled under the provisions of paragraph 3 below.
  2. A member of CCW that decides to withdraw from membership should communicate its decision by writing to the Executive with copy to the ICA central office and the corresponding regional office of ICA. Cessation of membership is immediate on the date of such communication.
  3. The Executive shall evaluate the conformity of the requirements of membership according to the Rules of CCW and may request the ICA Board to expel a member on the grounds of non-compliance to the present Rules or the ICA Statutes and Bye-Laws.
  4. To participate in CCW, members must comply with the present rules and actively contribute to the work of CCW.


VI – Objectives of CCW

  1. To initiate and encourage discussion on the crucial problems of consumer co-operatives, e.g. consumer policy, membership, business development etc.
  2. To communicate information to ICA members and to other appropriate organisations. The organisation must collect and disseminate information on matters of relevance for consumer co-operatives, and advise in connection with the establishment of new consumer co-operatives.
  3. To collaborate with other appropriate ICA structures including the Central Office, the Regions, sectoral organisations and thematic Committees.
  4. To represent, on behalf of the ICA, consumer co-operative interests to other international co-operative or non-co-operative organisations.
  5. To set the global strategy, co-ordinate and support the regional consumer co-operative sectoral structures in their work on all issues relevant for the members.
  6. To publish information and results of work accomplished by the Organisation via ICA publications press releases and other efficient means.
  7. To contribute to the effective implementation of the objectives of CCW, participating members are encouraged to be affiliated to regional sectoral structures where they exist.


VII – Constitution

CCW shall be governed by a Members’ Meeting and by an Executive


VIII – Members’ Meeting

  1. Ordinary Members' Meeting shall be convened every second year, normally at the time of a meeting of the ICA General Assembly. Extraordinary Members' Meetings shall be convened at the discretion of the Executive. The Agenda shall be circulated at least two weeks before meetings.
  2. Members shall be entitled to appoint not more than two delegates to Members' Meetings. Delegates have the right to take the floor. Observers may attend subject to the approval of the Executive.
  3. Each member shall have one vote at Members' Meetings and decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of members in attendance. The President shall have a casting vote.
  4. The function of the Members' Meeting shall be to elect the President of CCW, who shall also be the Chair of the Executive; to elect two Vice-Chair, the members of the Executive and a Secretary; to approve the report of the Executive and the financial statement; to approve the budget and future work programme.


IX – The Executive

  1. The Executive shall consist of not more than eleven members, who shall be elected for the period between ICA General Assemblies. Re-election shall be permitted. Should a member of the Executive resign, the Executive may co-opt a member until the next Members' Meeting.
  2. The Executive of CCW shall evaluate the conformity of the requirements for participation in CCW according to the Rules and may request the Board of the ICA to deny participation of an organisation on the grounds of non-compliance with the present Rules or the ICA statutes and by-laws.
  3. The Executive shall implement the objectives of CCW and report to the Members' Meeting. It may also prepare standing orders for meetings and determine the admission of observers.
  4. Each member of the Executive shall have one vote. Decisions are taken by a simple majority. The Chair shall have a casting vote.


X - The Secretariat

  1. The Secretariat shall be responsible to the Executive for the operational and administrative work of CCW, reporting upon the books of account, issuing reports, convening meetings and undertaking such other duties as the Executive may from time to time prescribe.
  2. CCW may delegate the secretariat activity to an independent consumer co-operative organisation, subject to an agreement between the Executive, the ICA and the concerned organisation, stating the terms and conditions of such delegation.


XI - Relationship between Members and Secretariat

  1. In order to ensure the most effective presentation of the views of consumer co-operatives at the international level, each member organisation shall appoint an appropriate person, to act as liaison officer with CCW, and serve as a focal point for all matters of interest.
  2. Such liaison officers shall keep the Secretariat of CCW informed of relevant developments in the countries in which their organisations operate; and pass on to the appropriate departments within their own organisations, for publication where appropriate, all statements that may be made, or publications that may be issued by this organisation.
  3. Such liaison officers may also assist the Secretariat of CCW in planning and arranging meetings and conferences and in other ways.


XII - Relationship with Other ICA Sectoral Organisations and Thematic Committees

CCW shall collaborate with all other appropriate sectoral organisations and committees and their Working Groups, keeping them informed on all matters of interest.


XII –Finances

  1. The income of CCW will be provided by the general budget of the ICA. There will be no annual subscription fee.
  2. To finance its activities and in case the redistribution from the ICA general budget is not sufficient to undertake all the activities approved by the members, CCW may offer specific services to members which will be charged separately. CCW may seek alternative sources of funding, namely public subventions.
  3. All expenses incurred as a result of attendance at meetings shall be borne by the member organisation.
  4. The funds necessary to cover the expenditure of the secretariat shall be included in its budget by the Executive and be presented for approval to the Ordinary Meeting of Members or via e-mail consultation in the years where there is no members meeting.


XIV – Accounting Year

The financial year is the calendar year.


XV – Quorum and Suspension of Voting Rights

  1. Three organisations shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Executive, and seven organisations for Members' Meetings.
  2. Members’ voting rights will be suspended if the member does not fully discharge financial obligations to the ICA set out in the terms and conditions of the ICA Rules and Bye-Laws.


XVI – Amendments to Rules

Any amendments to Rules shall require a two-thirds majority of those members attending a Members' Meeting and the approval of the ICA Board.


XVII – Dissolution

  1. CCW may be dissolved by a decision of the Members' Meeting on the recommendation of its Executive. It shall require a 3/4 majority vote of those members attending a Member Meeting and the approval of the ICA Board. CCW may also be dissolved according to the rules of the ICA statutes.
  2. Any meeting approving a proposal to dissolve CCW shall also determine how any debts should be paid. In the event of any surplus remaining after dissolution, it shall be placed at the disposal of the ICA.


Adopted at the Members Meeting of 16 November, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico